Japanese Mythology in Popular Culture - Funayūrei


  • The Funayūrei are featured in AdventureQuest Worlds. They are located near a river on Yokai Island.
  • Minamitsu Murasa from the Touhou Project game Unidentified Fantastic Object is a Funayūrei. She is the captain of the Holy Palanquin.

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Funayūrei (船幽霊?, lit. "marine spirit") are spirits found in Japanese mythology. They are the ghosts of people who have died at sea. They approach people on boats and ask to borrow a Hishaku (ja:柄杓), a utensil for scooping up water. If they are given a ladle, they will pour sea water into the boat until it sinks.